Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

9. Reply to Russell T. McCutcheon: Navigating the Politics of Comparison

Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

Leslie Dorrough Smith [+-]
Avila University
Leslie Dorrough Smith is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Avila University (Kansas City, MO), where she is also the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She is the author of Compromising Positions: Sex Scandals, Politics, and American Christianity (Oxford, 2019) and Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the Politics of Concerned Women for America (Oxford, 2014). Her research interests focus on American evangelicals and politics, critical theory, and the use of method and theory in both religious studies and gender studies.

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In the main chapter of this section, I argued that many Western feminist scholars are often quite willing to overlook the conservative political interests of many international women’s groups by calling such groups “feminist” so as to create the sense of a diverse and multicultural feminist movement. Mine is not a popular conclusion to reach, I note, since making such a statement reveals a clear double standard that is still present in some feminist activism. In response, Russell McCutcheon pondered whether my unpopular argument was like another controversial piece of scholarship from scholar Rebecca Tuvel, who infamously claimed that if a transgender identity is possible, then we must logically acknowledge the possibility of a transracial identity as well. In the present chapter, I consider the nature of McCutcheon’s comparison between my conclusion and Tuvel’s, and maintain that their similarities reveal the enduring life of certain unspoken biases in scholarship today

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Dorrough Smith, Leslie . 9. Reply to Russell T. McCutcheon: Navigating the Politics of Comparison. Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 155-165 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781790731. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35646. Date accessed: 16 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35646. Jan 2019

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